Dr. Robert W Jackson
O.C., M.D., M.S.(Tor), F.R.C.S.C, F.R.C.S., F.R.C.S.(Ed)

This website is intended to provide source information to anyone who is interested in the origin and development of :

1) Arthroscopic Surgery - and the consequent development of the new concept of Minimally Invasive Surgery

2) Sports for the Physically Disabled - the history and development of Canada's involvement in a worldwide movement


Dr. Robert Jackson is widely recognized as the individual most responsible for the introduction, development and teaching of arthroscopic surgery, in the modern western world. The success of arthroscopic surgery, following its application to knee injuries in professional athletes, has led to similar minimally invasive techniques in every subspecialty of surgery - resulting in a true 'revolution' in the way surgical treatment is now applied.

Dr. Jackson is also known as the pioneer of sports and recreation for those with physical disabilities in Canada. He played a large role in the modern Paralympic movement, when as President of the International Stoke Mandeville Games Federation (a precursor of the International Paralympic Committee) he negotiated with the IOC, and its then president, Mr. Juan Samaranch, for the inclusion of demonstration events by disabled athletes, in both the summer and winter Olympic Games.

Dr. Jackson is now retired from his active practice of orthopaedic surgery which basically involved knee surgery, sports medicine, and the treatment of osteoarthritis. He is living in his home town of Toronto, Canada, with his family that includes 5 children and 8 grandchildren. He continues to research and write about the historical aspects of orthopaedic surgery, and to give the occasional lecture.